Monday, June 26, 2017

Daisy Delight Sympathy

Hello everyone.  Last week I was in need of another sympathy card.  My Dad's friend from the country school that they attended together passed away, so I told my Aunt that I would make his wife a card to send to her.  I hope I don't need to make anymore anytime soon!

I was inspired by Amy O. and her thinking of you card, she used the Brick embossing folder and I used the Hardwood Background stamp, which I stamped off once for a softer background.  It was a simple card, which I'm liking more and more.


Stamp set: Hardwood, Daisy Delight and Flourishing Phrases
Ink: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry and Black Memento
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Whisper White
DSP is retired
Daisy Punch

You could use this lay-out for any type of card.  Thanks for coming by!  Mary

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weather Together Doodle Flowers

Oh my, I forgot to set up my blog post for today, so here it is a little bit late.

I was watching a video by Dena Rekow on how to do doodle flowers and she used a cute water can, but I don't have that stamp set, so I thought the flowers coming out of a upside down umbrella would make a cute holder for my flowers!  I do need to practice with this technique some more but really there is no right or wrong way to do them!


Pretty easy and simple to do as there is no right or wrong, just how you like it!!

Stamp set: Weather Together
Card stock: Night of Navy, Rose Red 
Watercolor Paper
Inks: Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Rose Red, So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach
Black Archival Ink
Project Life Journaling Pen 01--retired

Be back next week!  Mary

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cool Treats Birthday

I finally got my Cool Treats stamp set out and the matching Framelits to make my Dad a birthday card.  He LOVES ice cream, so I think this card is appropriate for him!  I was inspired by Patty B. card.  Oh my Dad is turning 90 on June 23rd!!

I did use the retired Tasty Treats DSP, which really did a lot of the work for me!


Now the ice cream dish looks black in this picture but I did use Silver Foil, which I also used to cut out the spoon too.  This card is pretty flat, so it shouldn't need any extra postage, I made three cards while I had all the supplies out!

Stamp set: Cool Treats
Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso
Silver Foil card stock
Tasty Treats DSP
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Craft White
Oval Stitched Framelits
Scallop Oval Framelits

Thank you for coming back to see me, I appreciate it.  Mary

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One Wild Ride

Well as I mentioned on Monday, I would share my card with you today.  This is the card kit I received from Erica Cerwin, but I changed the image from what she had suggested to use.  I don't know anyone who rides a motorcycle, but I maybe able to find someone to give this too!


This uses the retired Urban Underground DSP, and I did make the focal larger then what she had suggested, but I do like how it turned out too!

Here is the inside of the card.


It was a pretty simple card to make and I like how it turned out too!

Stamp set:  One Wild Ride
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie
DSP: Urban Underground-retired
Ink: Black Memento 
Layering Square Framelits

Now I need to get busy and make my Dad's birthday card!  Thanks for coming by.....Mary

Monday, June 12, 2017

Built It Framelits

Good Monday to all of you, I hope your week-end was a great one.

I was busy yesterday trying to clean the house some but I also allotted some time too for crafting.
I wanted to finish making my two Father's Day cards so that I can get one of them mailed out to my uncle in Iowa.

I received a card kit in the mail from Erica Cerwin to make a card with the One Wild Ride, but I wanted to use the retired Built It Framelits.  My Dad use to be a carpenter and my uncle is a great mechanic, so those tools would be perfect for their cards.

Now the kit had some retired Urban Underground DSP, but there was not enough for two cards.  So being a crafty crafter, I decided to make my own DSP.  I used the Work of Art for the zigzag part of the DSP and for the small circles I used the letter "O" from a retired alphabet set and then a fine tip of the Black SU marker.  I really like how well my DSP turned out too!

Here is my version of the Urban Underground DSP.


Here is the original DSP.


Wednesday I will share the card that I made with this card base.

Card stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Delightful Dijon, retired
Ink: Black Memento
Stamp Set: Nailed It, retired, sentiment on the inside of card
Built It Framelits
Silver Foil
Layering Square Framelits

Thanks for coming and make sure you drop back by on Wednesday to see my other card too!  Mary



Friday, June 9, 2017

Lovely As A Tree

Well it will be a sad week-end at our house, my husband's uncle by marriage, passed away from the cancer he has been fighting.  He was a wonderful man and we will all miss him.

It seems that my go-to stamp set for men's sympathy cards is Lovely As A Tree.  This stamp set was first offered by Stampin' Up! back in 2001!  One year at Convention, Shelli made mention about this set and all the demonstrators where saying AWWW and she said, no no, we are not retiring it and we all clapped!  It truly is a very versatile stamp set.

I did make this card 5" x7", as I sent a laminated copy of the obituary to my husbands aunt.  I used the card base and envelopes that you can find at the big box store, M, for this card.


I made a frame to go around the stamped image and added color with my sponges.  Clean, simple and very mailable too, which I'm finding I like very much.

Stamp set: Lovely As A Tree and Flourishing Phrases
Card stock: Whisper White and Early Espresso
Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive
Dimensionals

Thank you for coming by and I appreciate you coming too!  Mary

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daisy Delight

The Daisy punch has been wildly popular with demonstrators so much so that they were sold out before the catalog even went live and are on back order as of right now.  Last I checked, they will be available again around June 26th.  Have no fear, the coordinating stamp set can make some really cute cards without the punch.  Here is some interesting information that Stampin' Up!  has shared with their demonstrators:

On average, Stampin' Up sells about 7,000 of any given punch in a year. Knowing that the Daisy Punch would be popular, the initial order quantity (a four-month supply) was 10,000—more than a year’s supply for a typical punch. Then, in the first two weeks of the preorder, demonstrators bought 7,200!  As soon as Stampin' Up saw how quickly it was selling, two additional orders were placed. Unfortunately, those take time to produce. After negotiating with the manufacturer and upgrading the shipping method more punches are exepected by June 26 and then an additional order in July.

I found a card made by Pat Tecza and had to give it a try.  I did change mine just a bit, but I like how clean and simple it turned out and very mailable too!  I forgot to take a picture of the inside but I repeated two of the flowers and stamped a sentiment from a retired set.  You could easily make some splatters to the background, if you desired.


I did use some retired ribbon, but everything else is current product.

Stamp set: Daisy Delight and Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card stock: Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz
Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron and Pear Pizzaz

Hope you have a great day!  Mary

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone, did you miss me last week?  My family decided to have a family garage sale and we all worked on getting it set up for last Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  So I was too busy with that to make any cards and let me tell you, I really missed my creative time in my craft room too!

The card I'm sharing today is one I made for a recent online order, with a thank you note inside and a few goodies too, that I received from one of my customers, who can't use a birthday card!  I wanted to try the new Happy Birthday Thinlit.  It does have a coordinating stamp set, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, but I decided I wanted to use the circles in a stamp set called Happy Celebrations.  Makes for a quick card too!


I used Rose Red and the new Lemon Lime Twist for a fun color combo.  The card stock is also Rose Red.  Rose Red is very close in color to the new Berry Burst.  The colors are so much sharper in real life and I really like how it turned out!

Thank you for stopping by, see you Wednesday!  Mary

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Catalog Goes Live June 1st, 2017

 June 1, 2017 at noon ( Mountain time) 
Time the catalog will go live in your  time zone
Central time 1:00 pm 
Eastern Time  2:00 pm 
Pacific Coast 11:00 am
Alaska Time 10:00 am 
Hawaii  time 8:00 am 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Hello to all, today I want to share with you a card that I found online made by Jill Chapman, you can see her card HERE.  When I saw Jill's card I knew I had to give it a go, it is so pretty.  In hind sight, I should have popped the letters up so they could be seen better, but I'm going to donate this card to a auction later in the year, along with more, so I want them to be mail friendly!


I'm going to try this again!

Here is what I used:

Stamp set: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Framelits: Large Letters
Ribbon: Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon-retiring
Inks:  Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz
Embossing Folder: Softly Falling

This card is so much prettier in real life then what I photo shows!

Have a great day!  Mary

Monday, May 22, 2017

Colorful Seasons

As you know, as a Demonstrator, I get to order new products a full month before the catalogs go live, woo-hoo!!  This was one of the stamp set and Thinlits that we were able to preorder!

I made this for our vet who just finished her last round of chemotherapy!  I've  been sending her a card each month to let her know we are thinking of her and praying for her.


I used the new In Color, Lemon Lime Twist, it is bright but goes so well with so many other colors too!  This stamp set is called Colorful Seasons, page 147 in the new catalog.  The Thinlits are called Seasonal Layers, on page 146 and 216.  I used our Card stock Vellum to cut out the flowers and turned them over and sponged them with Pink Pirouette ink.  The branches are cut out of Early Espresso card stock.  The drink was stamped in Daffodil Delight and a frame lit is included to cut it out too!  I watercolored the background with Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz.  I used Soft Suede ink for the sentiment.  I've seen a lot of cute cards made with this set, it is really a great bundle to have.

Hope your week if off to a great start!  Mary

Friday, May 19, 2017

Paper Pumpkin April 2017

I'm still making cards with the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit and I still have enough product to make five more cards!  Here is the latest one I made.  I used the embossing folder, Celebrations Duo to emboss the "celebrate" into the watercolor paper.  Simple and quick!!


The kit came with plastic flowers but I didn't want to have to use more postage to mail it out, so I've been using the Petite Petal punch to make some cute flowers with.

See you next week!  Mary

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thoughts & Prayers

Hello to all of you.  I think Spring/Summer is finally here to stay, it has been so nice around here, but nice to sit outside and enjoy it all.

My husbands' aunt just found out that she has Colon cancer and luckily it was caught early and is the kind that she will not have to have chemo either, the sad part though is that her husband is in hospice care now because he has Pancreatic cancer.  So they have been hard hit and we are all saying prayers for them.

I wanted to send her a get well card to let her know we are thinking of her and I pulled out this current but older set called Thoughts & Prayers.  I use the sentiment that comes with the set, but I put part of the sentiment on the inside of the card.


I used:
Stamp set: Thoughts & Prayers
Card stock: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Rose Red and Black Memento
Embossing folder: French Script-retired
Ribbon: Old Olive-retired

Very simple and pretty card.  Mary

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daisy Delight

Well I'm still using the new Daisy punch that will be available in the new Annual Catalog in June.  So many possibilities with this punch and coordinating stamp set.

For these two cards, I used a lot of retired products, except for the Brick Wall embossing folder, which is still available.  I used Thoughtful Banners for the words, which is current too.  I don't know the name of the Designer Series paper, but you could use whatever you have or like for this type of card.  I do know that the ink color is Coastal Cabana.  I use some Hello Honey for my daisy and the ribbon is Delightful Dijon, which seems to go well with this DSP!



I'm trying to use up some DSP that I got a couple, maybe even three years ago in a Paper Share, so I have a lot to use up and hopefully my daughter's work will find a good use for the cards too, win win!!

Have a great day!  Mary

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tranquil Tulips

Today is Friday and want to share with you one of the new Hostess sets in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I saw a card that Michelle Suit made before I placed my preorder and knew I had to get this one, it is a two-step stamp set but it is so easy to use and the flowers turn out so pretty too!


I used the following products:

Stamp set: Tranquil Tulips
Card stock: Whisper White and Peekaboo Peach
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach and Black Memento
Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding ribbon-retired

I stamped off a few extra leaves to add to the front.  Next time I would add Old Olive for the leaves and stems.

This is a stamp set I would definitely get!  Mary


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On The Grow and Lots of Thanks

Today is a beautiful day here in the Midwest with our near 80 degrees temperature, I think spring is finally here, yea!

One of the perks of being a Demonstrator is being able to order new items from the catalogs a month before the catalogs go live.  One of the preorder items we could order was the new Daisy punch, along with a stamp set called Daisy Delight.  I as inspired by a fellow Demonstrator, Melinda Whitting.  I use Mint Macaroon, which will be retiring soon, along with the stamp set Gorgeous Grunge and I also used some retiring ribbon from the past Holiday catalog.  I use the Layering Oval Framelits.  The sentiment is from a retired set called On the Grow.



As you can see this is a simple layout and you could use any color you'd like.  

I did add some Basic Pearls and some Wink of Stella, which doesn't show in the picture, but it does add a nice little touch.

Thanks for stopping....Mary



Monday, May 8, 2017

April 2017 Paper Pumpkin A Sara Thing

Good Monday to all of you, I hope you had a great week-end.  I did, I finally got into the craft room to play with some of my preorder products that will be available on June 1st, had a fun and relaxing afternoon too!

I want to share with you the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit that the Stampin' Up! CEO, Sara Douglass designed for this month's kit.  Oh.My.Goodness...so cute!!  I didn't stray from the enclosed instructions for the first three, but there are so many wonderful alternatives for this kit, which sadly, the refill kits sold out in a flash!!





I'm going to to make some for me for Thank You cards and donate the rest to the Assist-Living facility where my daughter works.

Thank you for dropping in, I've got my cards made for the rest of the week, just need to load them up and write a short note on each.  Mary

Monday, May 1, 2017

Oh So Succulent

Oh my goodness, my good intentions of making and posting cards did not go as planned.  Been super busy in meetings, oh my!

My Mother passed away in June 2016 and my two aunts that I have, have been so kind, helpful and loving to me for quite awhile and I just want to let them know how much I appreciate them, so I decided to make them both a Mother's Day card this year.  I think they will both be surprised when they receive them in the mail.  They both live in different states then me, but it is something that is important for me to let them know how much I love them.


I was shocked when this stamp set and matching dies were on the retirement list this year!!  I was inspired by Charlet Mallett card but I did change it up some from hers.

I used the following:
Stamp set: Oh So Succulent
Framelits: Succulent Framelit Dies
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Falling Petals embossing folder
Stitched Circle Framelits
Layering Circles Framelits (scallop)
Swirly Scribbles Thinlits
Blushing Bride Glimmer paper
Basic Pearls

Thanks for stopping by to see my creation!  Mary

Monday, April 24, 2017

So Sorry and Too Kind

Well we are to the start of a new week.  We were busy last week watching our Grandson for three day, he had a virus and a high fever, so no daycare for him and he was so good even though he didn't really feel well.

My friend sent me a text Saturday morning saying she had to send her dog, Dolly, across the Rainbow Bridge.  Dolly had cancer and was having some other health issues too.  It is a very hard decision to make and to go through, so I made a card on Sunday to send to her to let her know we are thinking of her.


I kept the front very simple.  On the inside I stamped a image from Bella and Friends (no picture because I had already written my note to her and didn't want to share that).  The inside sentiment from the So Sorry set (retired) says..."for the loss of your beloved pet".

The card stock base is Emerald Envy, then Whisper White on top.
Ink colors I used were Sweetsugar Plum, Old Olive and Memento Black
I used the tip of my marker, Sweetsugar Plum to create a splatter effect on the card front.

I hope she finds comfort in my simple card.  Mary

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You've Got This

I'm still teaching myself to use Stampin' Up! new Watercolor Pencils and I'm using both the Blender Pen and the Aqua Painter.  For this card I used the Aqua Painter and Staz-On black ink.  I did stamp the image on Watercolor paper, as I find I have more control with it.  I also find, for myself, that if I remove the brush part from the water barrel, I have more control over the amount of water too, which is just easier for me, as I can dip just the tip into some water, if I need more.

I needed a card to send to our vet, who is going through chemo right now and I decided to send her this card.


To achieve the water color look to the background, I used some watercolor paper, spritzed it with some water and then inked up the Watercolor Wash background stamp with Blushing Bride ink.  I set it off to the side to let it dry, I usually let it dry overnight.  For the flower I used the Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive pencils.  When I was happy with my flower, I used a Dave's Die to cut it out with.  I popped it up on dimensional and I use some Basic Pearls to add to the background.  The sentiment is also from this stamp set and I use Early Espresso ink as well as card stock, which I mounted on Blushing Bride card stock for the base.

I really like how the Watercolor Wash stamp came out and will be using it more often now!

 Mary

Friday, April 14, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Easter Cards

Hey everyone happy Friday!  I had some time on Sunday to play with my March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The kit came with cards that were 3" x 3" but I wanted to have bigger cards, so I cut them on the score line and just used half of the card and made a bigger card!  The card bases are modeled off of the Playful Palette Designer Series paper in the annual catalog.  The colors are Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  It also came with matching Baker's Twine!



These cards were very simple and easy to make!  Mary


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fry Box Easter Bunnies

Well we are getting closer to Easter now and I thought I would share these cute Easter Bunny Fry Boxes.  The Fry die is a retired one from Stampin' Up!, but Sizzix had one that was a little bit bigger also, I don't know if it is still available or not.

I belong to a Demonstrator Only Facebook page and a fellow demonstrator posted these on the page awhile back.  I tried to find her name and the post but had no luck finding it.  I did use some retired Designer Series paper for this.

My oldest daughter request these after I showed her a picture, she wants to put a treat in them for Wesley's daycare teachers, I think they will like them!

I use the Stitched Framelits along with some of my retired punches, which I still like to use.  The whiskers were made with Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine.








I just think these turned out so cute.  I think Wesley's teachers will like them too!

Have a great day!  Mary

Monday, April 10, 2017

Retirement List Catalog 2016-2017


View the Retirement PDF list https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7wB6Z6M0j5zcWY3TXpMMFJJd1E/view

  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders. 
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.

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Tasty Truck

Good morning on this fine Monday, I hope that spring is has sprung in your part of the world.  This past week-end it was here in the mid-West and we thoroughly enjoyed having the windows and doors open to air the stale winter air out of the house!

This past Saturday was my youngest daughter's 32nd birthday, where has the time gone too!!

Since I was too busy to make cards the last two weeks of Sale-A-Bration, I decided to go ahead and make some cards with this retired stamp set anyway, it's just too cute not to use!


Her favorite color is purple, so I used Perfect Plum for her truck and tried my hand at watercoloring the truck in.  I did use Whisper White card stock for this, but would suggest you use Watercolor paper  it just works better.  For the rest of the scene, I used stamps from Sheltering Tree, along with Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake inks.  I used a Crushed Curry maker for the awning of the truck along with Smoky Slate for the window highlights and tires.  Pink Pirouette was used for the ice cream and icing on the cupcakes.  I sponged the sky with Sky Blue.

While I was at it, I made one in pink for my other daughter, her favorite color, as her birthday is in two weeks too!


My daughter texted me and said that her card was cute, so I think she liked it!

Off to the craft room, see you soon.  Mary

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Touches of Textures

Today I want to share a card that I made after watching a video by Jackie Bolhuis.  You can view the video HERE  it makes a really nice, easy, quick card, I just love this technique!

I used the same stamp set, inks and paper as Jackie did except I use a larger card base as my husband wanted to send his friend a thank you card for the time he was visiting at their house.


I used the Another Thank You stamp set for the sentiment, it is retired, but any stamp set you have would be perfect!!

Thanks for coming and hopefully I'll have a little Easter bunny to share with you and some birthday ideas too!  Mary

Monday, April 3, 2017

So In Love

Well, long time no see, huh!!  Sorry I was gone for awhile, my daughter had foot surgery three weeks ago and I went to stay with her off and on for the last two weeks, so no crafting supplies came along with me as I rode the Amtrak train down to the city where she lives.  I love riding the train but it would have been hard to do anything while riding along the rails!

My other daughter had another request for a Bridal Shower card, so I used the So In Love stamp set along with the framelits that coordinate with the stamps called So Detailed Thinlits.  They are in the Occasions 2017 catalog.  I also used the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon, Falling in Love Embellishment too.  I also used Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Very Vanilla card stock.

I made three cards for her to choose from and here they are!!  Thank you Sarah-Jane Rae for sharing your card so that I could CASE it and also SU!, as one of the cards was a Make & Take from last November OnStage that I went to.





Thank you for coming by and hopefully life will calm down for awhile now!!  Mary


Friday, March 31, 2017

Last Day of Sale-A-Bration





Today, March 31st 2017, is the last day of Sale-A-Bration for 2017. Stampin' Up! really out did themselves with all the great freebies that they offered this year! Six years ago this month I joined the SU family, during SAB, and have enjoyed all the rewards and friendships that I've made with some pretty amazing people. Now is a great time to join, even for just the discounts and no selling is required, you just need to meet the minimum requirement every three months. Interested, just send me a message and you will receive two extra stamp sets, but this offer goes away at 11:55 PM Mountain time. Receive over $200 worth of goods for only $99.00!!


Come join and see what Stampin' Up! has to offer, you will glad you did!!  Mary

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pretty Kitty and Bella and Friends

I've been needing a lot of cards of late for people who are going through cancer treatment.  One is the vet where we take our dogs.  She was so kind, helpful and thoughtful when our black Cocker Spaniel was going through her cancer ordeal.  I wanted to send her a card to let her know we are thinking of her and praying for her, but I wanted to include images of a dog and a cat, so I used two sets, Pretty Kitty and Bella and Friends.  I really like how cute this card turned out too!


This is what I stamped on the inside of the card, I covered up what I wrote to her.


I used Staz-On Black ink to stamp the images in.  Then I used my ink pads and Aqua Painter to add color to the images.  Tip:  if you are getting too much water out of your Aqua painter, just remove the barrel where the water is and just use the brush part.  If your brush get to dry, just dip the brush in the water and continue your coloring.  I used the Stitched Circle Framelits to cut out the kitty image with, then layer behind it some Sale-A-Bration Glimmer paper, Mint Macaron, which is so pretty in real life, photos do not do it justice, with the Layering Circle Framelits.  The Designer Series Paper is from Succulent Garden, this pattern is Sweet Sugarplum. 

Well off to get some more stamping done, see you again soon!  Mary 


Friday, March 10, 2017

Inside the Lines

Stampin' Up! every year has a annual sale in March called Sale-A-Bration.  Customers always look forward to this time of the year.  When you spend $50 before taxes and shipping, you get to pick a free product from a list of items that they offer.  This year one of the free offerings is paper that looks like a giant coloring book page called Inside the Lines.  I decided to cut one of the sheets into sizes that would work as a card front, then set out coloring it with my Watercolor Pencils and used the Blender Pen to smooth out the color.  Here is what I did on my second try.  I tried to remember what my Art teacher taught us in Junior High, oh so many years ago!!


I used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black.  The Pumpkin Pie seam binding ribbon is retired but I wanted some kind of embellishment on the card front.  I made this card to send to someone that needs a pick-me-up.  It makes me think of summer!

Thank you for stopping by.  Mary

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rose Wonder

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a local news anchor.  The news anchor Mother is going through chemo and I asked her if it would be okay to send her a card, she quickly said yes!  So I made this card to send to the news station, so she could pass it onto her Mom.  I hope she enjoys it.


I found this idea at Julie Davison blog.  You use the Rose Garden Thinlits to cut out the largest rose with the leaves, using it as a stencil.  I then used a Aqua Painter and the ink from the lid of my Pink Pirouette to paint in the image, then did the same with Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  I used the sentiment from Wetlands and added a few Basic Pearls.  The card base is Pink Pirouette, then retired Regal Rose, which is what I used to stamp the sentiment in.  Final layer of card stock is Whisper White. 

All in all, it is a pretty easy card to make!  Mary

Monday, March 6, 2017

Nailed It

Good Monday to all, I hope your week-end was wonderful.

Last Friday was my uncles birthday, so I wanted to send him a birthday card with this new set called, Nailed It.  When I saw this set in the current Occasions catalog, I immediately thought of my Dad who is a retired carpenter!  Then I knew it would also make a great Father's day card, as well for any one who is handy!


I really like how it turned out too.  I used Sky's the Limit sentiment-retired and Hexagon embossing folder, but my uncle will not know!

Stamp set: Hardwood background and Nailed It with matching Framelits
Card stock: Night of Navy, Real Red and Smoky Slate
Ink: Smoky Slate, Night of Navy and Black Memento
Silver Foil Sheets
Dimensionals

Well off to get my house clean, have a good one.  Mary






Friday, March 3, 2017

Totally Trees and Day at the Beach

About two weeks ago my daughter and her little family got to go to Florida for five days, her in-laws were very generous and they paid for their air fare to come and stay with them at the condo they rent each February.  Now it would have been great, but both my daughter and grandson were sick, grandson had a double ear infection and daughter had a nasty sinus infection, but the plane tickets had been purchased over a month ago, so off they went.  It was Wesley's first time to be at the beach and the ocean.  They were still able to enjoy themselves too.

I decided that I would make a couple of thank you cards for my daughter to send to her in-laws, thanking them for a wonderful trip.  I couldn't decided which one to give her, so I gave them both to her and she can decide which to send.

The first one is made with the retired Totally Trees, which just retired, which I CASE'd from Sabrina.


I found this card on Pinterest, which was a full size card but I used the Note cards to make this.
Ink: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

For the second card, I used a current Occasions set called Day at the Beach.


The Thank You is retired.  Markers: Peekaboo Peach, Real Red, Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay and I used the new Watercolor Pencils to color in the sunglass lens with Basic Gray.  Images where stamped with Black Staz-On.

I hope you all have a relaxing week-end too.  Mary




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thoughtful Branches

Things have been busy around my house the last week or two, but I found time to make a couple of birthday cards for my two aunts who live out of town.  I wanted to make them special and I looked through my stamp sets and found Thoughtful Branches, which is retired.  This set was only available for one month last summer and I really debated on if I should buy it or not, but I figured I could use it for many years to come, so I got it.  It makes a really pretty hydrangea flower with the Thinlits that were available to go with it.  I also used the Jar of Love stamp set and matching framelits and I really like how they both turned out!  Thank you Krystal De Leeuw for sharing your card, which is what I CASE'd.



Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Sahara Sand , Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive
Stamp sets: Jar of Love, Thoughtful Branches (used matching Thinlits for both sets), Endless Birthday Wishes and Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Craft White, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Black Memento and Smoky Slate
Brick Wall embossing folder
Dimensionals

I hope they enjoy this summer flower in the middle of winter!  Mary